Prevalence of legitimate pollinators and nectar robbers and the consequences for fruit set in an Antirrhinum majus hybrid zone

C. Andalo, M. Burrus, S. Paute, C. Lauzeral, D. Field, Botany Letters 166 (2019) 80–92.

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Pollinators display a remarkable diversity of foraging strategies with flowering plants, from primarily mutualistic interactions to cheating through nectar robbery. Despite numerous studies on the effect of nectar robbing on components of plant fitness, its contribution to reproductive isolation is unclear. We experimentally tested the impact of different pollinator strategies in a natural hybrid zone between two subspecies of Antirrhinum majus with alternate flower colour guides. On either side of a steep cline in flower colour between Antirrhinum majus pseudomajus (magenta) and A. m. striatum (yellow), we quantified the behaviour of all floral visitors at different time points during the flowering season. Using long-run camera surveys, we quantify the impact of nectar robbing on the number of flowers visited per inflorescence and the flower probing time. We further experimentally tested the effect of nectar robbing on female reproductive success by manipulating the intensity of robbing. While robbing increased over time the number of legitimate visitors tended to decrease concomitantly. We found that the number of flowers pollinated on a focal inflorescence decreased with the number of prior robbing events. However, in the manipulative experiment, fruit set and fruit volume did not vary significantly between low robbing and control treatments. Our findings challenge the idea that robbers have a negative impact on plant fitness through female function. This study also adds to our understanding of the components of pollinator-mediated reproductive isolation and the maintenance of Antirrhinum hybrid zones.
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2019-01-01
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Botany Letters
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166
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80-92
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Andalo C, Burrus M, Paute S, Lauzeral C, Field D. Prevalence of legitimate pollinators and nectar robbers and the consequences for fruit set in an Antirrhinum majus hybrid zone. Botany Letters. 2019;166(1):80-92. doi:10.1080/23818107.2018.1545142
Andalo, C., Burrus, M., Paute, S., Lauzeral, C., & Field, D. (2019). Prevalence of legitimate pollinators and nectar robbers and the consequences for fruit set in an Antirrhinum majus hybrid zone. Botany Letters, 166(1), 80–92. https://doi.org/10.1080/23818107.2018.1545142
Andalo, Christophe, Monique Burrus, Sandrine Paute, Christine Lauzeral, and David Field. “Prevalence of Legitimate Pollinators and Nectar Robbers and the Consequences for Fruit Set in an Antirrhinum Majus Hybrid Zone.” Botany Letters 166, no. 1 (2019): 80–92. https://doi.org/10.1080/23818107.2018.1545142.
C. Andalo, M. Burrus, S. Paute, C. Lauzeral, and D. Field, “Prevalence of legitimate pollinators and nectar robbers and the consequences for fruit set in an Antirrhinum majus hybrid zone,” Botany Letters, vol. 166, no. 1, pp. 80–92, 2019.
Andalo C, Burrus M, Paute S, Lauzeral C, Field D. 2019. Prevalence of legitimate pollinators and nectar robbers and the consequences for fruit set in an Antirrhinum majus hybrid zone. Botany Letters. 166(1), 80–92.
Andalo, Christophe, et al. “Prevalence of Legitimate Pollinators and Nectar Robbers and the Consequences for Fruit Set in an Antirrhinum Majus Hybrid Zone.” Botany Letters, vol. 166, no. 1, Taylor and Francis, 2019, pp. 80–92, doi:10.1080/23818107.2018.1545142.

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